Bury manager David Flitcroft has accused referee Graham Salisbury of applying his own rules in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic.
With the Shakers leading 2-0, left-back Chris Hussey was sent off on 78 minutes for two bookable offences.
The Latics went on to score two late goals to snatch a point at Gigg Lane.
"The inconsistency of the referee's performance, he was just making it up in the end," Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester.
"We talk about the laws of the game, I don't think they were applied today - I think things were just being made up.
"The people above him, the people who send these referees, I don't believe that they're really thinking about who they've got to send to these games."
The draw prevented Bury from achieving a seventh consecutive win in League One, but they still sit an impressive fourth after their promotion last season.
"Being in League One has been brilliant, I've really enjoyed it and I think it has really suited us," Flitcroft added.
"We've taken all different teams on - every half is different in this league and it is another massive test for us next week at Rochdale."